COOKING WITH GAGS (Released to Theaters USA 1955)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

Cooking with Gags—short, animated film—is a Popeye story that runs on a slightly different theme that emphasizes April Fool gags, how they can be comical until they are played on you. Bluto begins the series of gags. This story has been well-written and makes a good presentation despite its age. It’s a good toon share for the whole family and provides a small opportunity for after-viewing discussion on gags, pranks, and jokes played at another person’s expense. 

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Popeye, Bluto, and Olive Oyl go on a picnic where  Bluto begins playing a series of gags. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Directors Izzy Sparber and Thomas Johnson for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Seymour Kneitel, Izzy Sparber, and Dave Tendlar for making the film possible. Cast includes Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer, and May Questel. 

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Yes. This is a good film and still quite watchable for Popeye fans. It provides humor at the level of Tom and Jerry toons but has a difference in its reason for humor in this toon’s context. The gags are dangerous and inappropriate for children who may not understand what really happens when setting fire to gasoline.

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